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Image: The GenoAmp Trioplex Real-Time RT-PCR Zika/Den/Chiku kit is a real-time molecular diagnostic test for the screening and differentiation of Zika, dengue and chikungunya virus, extracted from human plasma/serum (Photo courtesy of Mediven).

Study Shows Zika Virus Persists in Body Fluids

Although most Zika virus (ZIKV) infections are transmitted by infected mosquitoes, ZIKV transmission has been documented as occurring through sexual contact, blood transfusion, laboratory exposure, and both intrauterine and intrapartum transmission. More...
18 Oct 2018
Image: The MiSeq Sequencing platform (Photo courtesy of Illumina).

Human Pegivirus Identified in Encephalitis Patients

Human pegivirus (HPgV), was previously called hepatitis G virus or GB virus C, and is a lymphotropic virus with undefined pathology and many viruses from the family Flaviviridae, to which HPgV belongs, are neurotropic. More...
17 Oct 2018
Image: The LightCycler 480 II is a high-performance, medium- to high-throughput PCR platform (Photo courtesy of Roche).

Novel Fecal Biomarker Found for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a lethal disease that has been rising in incidence during recent decades, placing an increasingly important burden on the healthcare system worldwide and gut microbial dysbiosis contributes to the development of this deadly disease. More...
17 Oct 2018
Image: A histopathology of interstitial lung disease showing acute injury with necrosis. Necrosis (N) is a harbinger of infection in an acutely ill patient. Infection always leads the differential diagnosis in this situation, even if special stains are negative (Photo courtesy of Professor K.O. Leslie).

Microbiome Alterations Influence Lung Disease Prognosis

Interstitial lung disease (ILD), or diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD), is a group of lung diseases affecting the interstitium, which is the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lungs. More...
16 Oct 2018
Image: This close-up of the glow-in-the-dark paper strip contains two copies of the test. The three glowing dots per test indicate that you can check on three different antibodies within one test (Photo courtesy of Bart van Overbeeke).

Rapid Test Uses Glow-in-the-Dark Paper

A practicable and reliable way to test for infectious diseases has been found and all that is needed are a special glowing paper strip, a drop of blood and a digital camera. More...
16 Oct 2018
Image: The LINEAR ARRAY HPV Genotyping Test is used for the detection of 37 high- and low-risk human papillomavirus genotypes (Photo courtesy of Roche Diagnostics).

Individual HPV Types Linked to HIV Infection

Although it is known that individuals living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher human papilloma virus (HPV) prevalence, the impact of individual HPV types on HIV acquisition is less clear. More...
15 Oct 2018
Image: The biotech company Igenomix has developed the first molecular test to identify the nine most common bacterial species underlying chronic endometritis, a persistent inflammation of the uterine endometrium that particularly affects women with endometriosis (Photo courtesy of Patricia Inacio, PhD).

Test Developed for Uterine Infections Impacting Fertility

Approximately 10% of women in the general population may have chronic endometritis, but among infertile women undergoing IVF, the rate is 15%, with rates estimated as high as 60% among women experiencing recurring implantation failure or miscarriage. More...
11 Oct 2018


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